Until February 24, 2023
Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris
Capacity 1900 seats
3 hours and 5 minutes
Recommended for all ages
English with English and French surtitles
Opera in a prologue and three acts (1945) by Benjamin Britten on a libretto by Montagu Slater after George Crabbe, under the musical direction of Joana Mallwitz, staging by Deborah Warner, with Allan Clayton (Peter Grimes), Ellen Oford (Maria Bengtsson), Captain Balstrode (Simon Keenlyside), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Aunitie), Anna-Sophie Neher (First Niece), IIanah Lobel-Torres (Second Niece), John Graham-Hall (Bob Boles), Clive Bailey (Swallow), Rosie Aldridge (Mrs. Sedley), James Gildchrist (Reverend Horace Adams), Jacques Imbrailo (Ned Keene), Stephen Richardson (Hobson) and the Orchestreet Les Choeurs de l'Opéra national de Paris.
To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose an exclusive add-on upon booking. See more details below.
What exactly happened to fisherman Peter Grimes' moss? This is what the inhabitants of this small village in Suffolk wonder. The explanations given by Grimes do not allow us to know what is really going on. The villagers are very suspicious of this crude mysterious being. The teacher Ellen Orford, who is very sympathetic to Grimes, tries to protect him and suggests that he should be less brutal towards his new lather, John. Grimes is not interested and drags his apprentice back to the point where he panics and falls off a cliff. The whole village gathers against him, certain of his guilt. Rumors and slander will get the better of the fisherman, who will only be able to escape the lynch mob by leaving with his boat and scuttling out to sea.
Child abuser or victim of prejudice? An opera and a director who skillfully shed light on the conflict between the group and the individual.
Option & Expérience Premium
Looking for more than a standard ticket to the show? To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose this following upgraded offer at the time of booking:
Champagne + Programme + Exclusive Access to Salon Liebermann + Show
This package is available even after standard sales for the opera are closed. It includes a glass of champagne, a show programme, and exclusive access to the Opéra Garnier's beautiful Salon Liebermann, reserved for primary ticket holders. As a result of our official partnership with the Friends of Paris Opera Association, the package can only be purchased via the Theatre in Paris box office.
Opéra Palais Garnier
One of the most prestigious stages in all of France, the Palais Garnier was constructed from 1860 to 1875, designed by legendary architect Charles Garnier, who was selected among a handful of talented architects in a fierce design competition. The building itself is considered a artful masterpiece, and was one of the most expensive construction projects to come from the Second French Empire under the reign of Napoléon III. The elaborate use of different materials to lend a lavish multicolored facade was typical of many of the works under the rule of Napoléon III, and features sculptures of various figures of Greek mythology. The official inauguration in 1875 was attended by the Mayor of London and Amsterdam, the King Alphonso XII of Spain, and hundreds of members from European high society.
The interior was meticulously designed with intertwining corridors, alcoves and landings to allow for easy movment of large numbers of people; complete with a grand marbled staircase and the grand foyer, acting as the drawing room for all of Paris high society and covered in gilded paintings. The auditorium itself is in a traditional Italian horseshoe shape, seating 1900. The stage is the largest in Europe and can accomodate 450 artists, revealed by the opening of the legendary painted curtain. Garnier himself designed the 7-tonne chandelier sparkling above the audience. In 1896, one of the many chandelier counterweights broke free and killed a concierge, the incident that inspired the scenes in the 1910 novel-turned-musical The Phantom of the Opera. The space above the audotorium in the copula dome was once used strictly for cleaning the chandelier, but has since been transformed into a space for opera and dance rehersals.
The legendary building was initially deemed the Academie Imperiale de Musique, yet with the fall of the Second Empire and the start of the Third Republic, this was aptly changed for the Academie Nationale de Musique, which we see written across the exterior facade to this day. Garnier envisioned his design and the transformation of the surrounding area, and to this day the opulence of the Second Empire lives on in this living monument. The avenue de l'Opéra remains the only large Parisian corridor without trees, as Garnier explicitly prevented Hausmann from adorning the street with trees, arguing that his Palais Garnier was to be the main focus. Palais Garnier became the official name in 1989 with the construction of the Opéra Bastille, and the venue now houses primarily ballets.
Where will I be seated and will I see the subtitles clearly?
There are a maximum of four categories available, each of which provides a comfortable view of the subtitles. The subtitles are projected above and on the sides of the stage of the Opéra Garnier.
How do I get to the Opéra Palais Garnier?
The theatre is accessible by the metro station Opéra (Lines 3, 7, 8 and RER A). Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre weekdays from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.
What do I do when I get to the theatre?
We invite you to arrive 30 minutes before the beginning of the show, and present your ticket at the front desk. The theatre's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats. Please note that the performances at the Palais Garnier begin precisely on time, and all late arrivals will not be permitted to enter the auditorium until intermission.
Does the venue have a specific dress code?
For Parisian operas and ballets, the dress tends to be a bit fancier than in other venues, so feel free to have a little fun and dress to impress. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in casual chic attire. Generally, elegant casual wear is required, and jackets are recommended for men. Shorts, Bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear, and trainers are discouraged.
Is there a coat check available?
Free cloakrooms are available on various floors of the theatre. Travel bags and suitcases are not allowed.
How long does the show last?
The opera Peter Grimes lasts 3 hours and 05 minutes including an intermission.
Can I take photos of the opera performance?
In order not to disturb the artists on stage, and for the comfort of other guests, you are not permitted to photograph, film, or record the performance for the duration of the show. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the wonderful venue to remember your night out!
Where do I collect my Premium tickets, show programme and champagne?
In order to collect your tickets, please go to the main reception desk of the Opéra Garnier located on the right as you enter, with your Theatre in Paris tickets. You will be able to exchange them for your final tickets. You can collect your tickets up to an hour and a half before the start of the performance. At the Opéra Garnier, you can collect your included show programme in the main store, at the programme stand in the entry hall, or at the programme stand at the bottom of the Grand Staircase. You can choose to enjoy your champagne or desired beverage before the performance or during intermission at any of the public bars or in the exclusive Salon Liebermann. The Salon is located on the right-hand side of the Grand Foyer, behind the fireplace.